Alleghany Highlands of Virginia Visitor Guide

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Endless OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Hiking. Biking. Paddling. Fishing. Two Walkable Downtowns SHOPPING. DINING. ENTERTAINMENT. INSPIRED VIBRANT ARTS SCENE Visual. Performance. Music. VisitAlleghanyHighlands.com · #UniquelyAlleghany THE OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE OF THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS OF VIRGINIA UNIQUELYALLEGHANY

Contents

3 Uniquely Alleghany

9 Things to Do: ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS TRAILS ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS BLUEWAY OVERLANDING

4 Scenic Beauty

6 Things to Do: OUTDOOR RECREATION

10 Things to Do: HISTORIC SITES

12 Things to Do: THE ARTS & MORE

16 Places to Stay

19 Places to Dine

21 Annual Events

14 Things to Do: SHOPPING FAMILY FUN GOLF

Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism 110 Mall Road · Covington, VA 24426 visitalleghanyhighlands.com

alleghanyhighlandsblueway.com · alleghanyhighlandstrails.com

540-962-2178 · 888-430-5786

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Photos courtesy of 42 Deli, Alleghany Highlands Arts Council, J Andrews, Beaverdam Falls, Jada Callender, Cliff View, Clifton Forge School of the Arts, Crawford Photography, Martha Crawford, W. Curry Photography, Sam Dean Photography, Department of Conservation Resources, Gavin Dressler, Escatawba Farms, Evergreen Inn, Family TreeTs Café & Catering, The Farm at Glen Haven, Fire & Light Gallery, Firmstone Manor, Jon Fitzgerald, Jeff Goldberg-Esto, Hampton Inn, High Road Photography, Angie Hinebaugh, Doug Houtz, Cole Inman, Martin & Julie Macqueen, John Mays, Mountain State Overland, Greg Persinger, David Rooklin, Darren Seay, Skypics, Josh Taylor, Lynda Thompson, Virginia State Parks and Virginia Tourism Corporation.

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Visitor CENTER

Our Visitor Center is conveniently located at the Highland Centre just off I-64 at Exit 16. Our staff will offer a warm welcome and answer any questions you have about the Alleghany Highlands. We’ll  help you find accommodations and recommend places to  dine and fun things to do. So, make the Alleghany Highlands Visitor  Center your first stop. It’s Uniquely Alleghany.

The Jackson River Scenic Trail is built on an old railroad bed that runs mostly parallel to the Jackson River. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are allowed.

Uniquely ALLEGHANY

So many things make the Alleghany Highlands a unique and special place to visit.

From friendly people who treat everyone like old friends to adrenaline pumping mountain bike trails, we hope you’ll stay long enough to discover the many things that make us Uniquely Alleghany

Falling Spring Falls is a breathtaking 80’ waterfall that is one of the most visited and photographed spots in the Alleghany Highlands. It’s located along Route 220 just north of Covington.

A great resource for planning your visit is our official website, VisitAlleghanyHighlands.com. The site is full of beautiful photographs, helpful links, maps and a complete list of festivals and special events.

Douthat State Park was one of the original six Virginia State Parks opened in 1936. The park features a lake with swimming and fishing. There are tent and RV sites, an equestrian camping area and cabins for rent. The park is perhaps best known for its 40 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails ranging from easy to challenging.

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Historic Masonic Theatre an architectural treasure stands Built in 1857, Humpback Bridge is the only bridge of its design still remaining in the United States. The bridge is now part of a five-acre wayside park that is a peaceful spot for a picnic or a photo opportunity.

A Scenic Mountain Destination

There is something special about a vacation in the mountains, especially the rugged, unspoiled mountains of the Alleghany Highlands. It’s relaxing and invigorating at the same time. You’ll want to linger on the porch with your morning coffee and enjoy the view. On the other hand, you’ll be eager to get out and play among the mountains on a trail, river or peaceful road. If you love everything about the mountains, there is no better place for an unforgettable getaway than the Alleghany Highlands.

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EXPLORE THE WINDING ROADS

The back roads of the Alleghany Highlands are popular with motorcyclists and anyone who enjoys a peaceful drive. Scenic drives are a great way to see the less-traveled corners of the region. Cruise through charming small towns, past rivers and lakes and over mountain tops with endless views.

Several suggested routes complete with maps are available at VisitAlleghanyHighlands.com

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Let the Adventure Begin

If you love outdoor adventures, the Alleghany Highlands will quickly become your favorite destination. More than 50% of Alleghany County is national forest land. That means lots of space to play. Some of the finest mountain biking in Virginia, including 40 amazing miles of trails at Douthat State Park, is in the Alleghany Highlands. The hiking options range from a leisurely walk to a challenging climb where you’ll be rewarded with mountain views.

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Outdoor Recreation

Water recreation is king in the Highlands, with two rivers, two lakes and numerous smaller streams. Enjoy paddling, tubing, boating or swimming at a sandy beach. Want more? The Jackson River is recognized as one of the top trout fishing streams on the east coast. Lake Moomaw, Douthat Lake and other streams and tributaries also offer excellent fishing.

Canoeing/Kayaking/River Floats

Contact the chamber for updated rental information.

Alleghany Outdoors*: 1903 Dressler Drive, Covington · 540-969-1800

alleghanyoutdoors.com · Hours: 9am to 5pm April - October

Offering kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and bike rentals on the scenic Jackson River. All trips by reservations.

Covington Farm & Fuel*: 121 N. Alleghany Ave., Covington · 540-962-1983

Kayak rentals and transportation to and from river locations.

Hiking/Biking/Horseback Riding

Alleghany Outdoors*: 1903 Dressler Drive, Covington · 540-969-1800 alleghanyoutdoors.com · Hours: 9am to 5pm April - October

Alleghany Outdoors is an outfitter located at the Intervale Trailhead of the Jackson River Scenic Trail that provides both river and bike trail experiences for locals and tourists visiting the Alleghany Highlands. They offer paddle trips on the 11 mile stretch of the Jackson River from Smith Bridge to Intervale. They also run bike trips on the entire length of the Jackson River Scenic Trail. Alleghany Outdoors is located minutes away from Douthat State Park, The Homestead and Greenbrier Resorts.

Douthat State Park*: 14239 Douthat State Park Rd., Millboro; Take Exit 27, I-64, near Clifton Forge. 1-800-933-PARK or 540-862-8100 dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks · Part of the Virginia Park system, Douthat has over two dozen trails, most of which are excellent for biking or hiking and range from easy to difficult; there is one equestrian trail and Beaver Dam Equestrian Campground as well.

Eastern National Children’s Forest*: The Eastern National Children’s Forest is a unique site offering an easy hike for children and others who want an outdoor experience without an arduous and challenging hike. In 1972, over 1,000 children converged on the site from surrounding states and planted pine trees on the site. Since the planting, a diverse forest ecology has developed with species of various soft and hardwoods.

George Washington National Forest Trails*: Contact the James River Ranger District at 540-962-2214 for more details · Hiking, biking, birding and wildflower trails

Jackson River Scenic Trail*: Exits 14 & 16, I-64, follow signs to stay on Rt. 220 N. Turn left at signs reading “Intervale” and “Dressler Drive.” Parking is immediately to your left. · Developed from an old railroad bed and part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy. The trail follows the Jackson River and provides many views of the water and wildlife. Biking, hiking and horseback riding are permitted. Call Alleghany County Parks & Recreation for more information: 540-863-6622

Green Pastures*: Call Douthat State Park for directions and times of operation. 1-800-933-PARK or 540-862-8100 · Rich in history and beauty. Constructed in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp F24. Biking, hiking and horseback riding are permitted. The four main trails are considered difficult, but afford the visitor possible sightings of deer and turkey as well as flowers, rock cliffs and ridgetops.

Lake Moomaw*: Take Exits 14 or 16, I-64, follow signs to Rt. 220 N. to VA 687 and follow signs to Lake; OR take Exit 10, I-64, follow signs to Lake. 540-962-2214 (James River Ranger District) · Several miles of trails where hiking and biking are permitted, with some trails affording beautiful views of the lake; no horseback riding.

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Outdoor Recreation

Jackson River Scenic Trail

The Alleghany Highlands is home to one of Virginia’s newest and most scenic railto-trail projects. The Jackson River Scenic Trail begins just north of downtown Covington and runs parallel to the Jackson River for 14.4 beautiful miles. The mostly flat terrain makes it a fun experience for the whole family. The multi-use trail is growing in popularity with walkers, runners, bike riders and horseback riders.

Find more information at JacksonRiverTrail.com

Hiking/Biking/Horseback Riding continued

TransVirginia Bike Route: transvirginia.org · A 550 mile gravel bikepacking route from Washington DC to Damascus, VA, that traverses a variety of remote areas in Virginia’s beautiful mountains, national forests and phenomenal gravel roads.

Hunting/Fishing

The Jackson River is rated #25 in Trout Unlimited’s Guide to the Top 100 U.S. Trout Streams and voted Blue Ridge Outdoor’s Best Public Fly Fishing Spot, or try your luck in one of the many lakes, streams, and rivers. For information on regulations and seasons, visit dwr.virginia.gov/hunting.

Alleghany County Circuit Court: (fishing licenses) Courthouse, 266 W. Main St., Covington · 540-965-1730

Alleghany Sportsman: 1023 Highland Ave., Covington 540-962-2116

Commonwealth Arms: 840 Mallow Rd., Covington 540-962-0007

Escatawba Farms*: (guided tours available/fly fishing in creek or ponds) Alleghany County · 540-962-6487 for detailed directions and info escatawba.com

Michael Michie’s Guns: 5704 Forty Two Rd., Clifton Forge 540-969-9830

Mountain Top Hunting & Fishing Supplies: 212 N. Monroe Ave., Covington · 540-962-4868

Walmart: (fishing licenses) 313 W. Thacker Rd., Covington 540-962-6670

Snow Skiing

The Homestead*: 540-839-1766 · thehomestead.com

Seven ski trails and bunny slopes. Snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and an ice skating rink. Private lessons are offered for all ages.

Water Sports/Other Facilities

Douthat State Park*: 540-862-8100

dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks · 50-acre lake, sandy beach, bath houses, boat rentals

The Jackson River Recreation/Sport Complex & River Rock Amphitheater*: Edgemont Dr., Covington · 540-965-6360

Playground, open turf sports (soccer, flag football, field hockey); 5 lighted tennis and basketball courts; baseball; outdoor fitness equipment; putting range; picnic shelters; restroom facilities. Amphitheater has free concerts each Saturday night in summer.

Lake Moomaw*: 540-962-2214 · 2530-acre lake, sandy beach, bath houses, boating, fishing, boat rentals

Overlanding/Off-Roading Experiences: ridebdr.com transamtrail.com · For more information on these experiences, please contact the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 540-962-2178.

Mountain State Overland: team@mountainstateoverland.com

A YouTube adventure travel video series offering overland tour services, vehicle rentals and overland equipment.

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ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS TRAILS

There are dozens of trails covering over 100 miles in the Alleghany Highlands. The Alleghany Highlands Trails brochure and website have compiled everything you need to know to choose the right trail for your interests and ability level. Some trails offer hiking, biking or horseback riding.

Pick up a trail guide at the Visitor Center or view it online at AlleghanyHighlandsTrails.com.

ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS BLUEWAY

The Alleghany Highlands Blueway is not a typical blueway.

The Alleghany Highlands Blueway combines two rivers and two beautiful lakes to offer visitors many different kinds of water recreation. Kayaking and canoeing on the Jackson and Cowpasture Rivers can range from a peaceful float to Class II and III rapids. Douthat Lake and Lake Moomaw offer many miles of shoreline to explore, as well as camping and excellent fishing.

Plan your visit at AlleghanyHighlandsBlueway.com, where you’ll find maps, outfitters and FAQs.

Overlanding is a fast growing type of outdoor recreation that takes enthusiasts to some rugged and remote places. Overlanding is selfreliant adventure travel, usually on unpaved back-country roads. To enthusiasts of this activity, the journey and not the destination, is the primary focus. The Alleghany Highlands is one of the top overlanding locations in Virginia, with hundreds of miles of trails, including a long distance route that passes right through the region.

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alleghanyhighlandstrails.com HIKING, BIKING AND RIDING TRAILS in the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia

Historic Sites

Spend some time exploring our rich history, and you’ll understand what we mean when we talk about things that are Uniquely Alleghany. The history of the Alleghany Highlands is incredibly varied. The role of the African-American community has been vital to our county and lives on through museums, historic churches and parks, like Green Pastures. The impact of the railroad industry can be seen at various places around the highlands, including the C&O Railway Heritage Center in downtown Clifton Forge.

701 Engine: Located at the Main Street Park on the West end of Main Street in Covington. · covington.va.us · Restored Chesapeake and Ohio steam locomotive 701, known affectionately as the Merry Widow. The 701 was built in May of 1911 by the American Locomotive Company for the Hocking Valley Railway in Ohio. It was acquired by the Chesapeake and  Ohio in 1930 when the Hocking Valley was merged into the C&O.

Alleghany Highlands Genealogical Society: 515 E. Pine Street, Covington · 540-962-1501 · Active in preserving the genealogical records of Alleghany County and the surrounding areas in Virginia and West Virginia. Library and archives at the above location and access to birth, marriage and death records and hundreds of old photos.

Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or call or e-mail Inna Henderson at 540-962-1501 or InnaMcAlli@aol.com or ahgs.cov.va@gmail.com to set up an appointment.

C&O Depot* and Alleghany Historical Society*: 149 S. Maple Ave., Covington · 540-965-0149 · alleghanyhistorical.org · Refurbished 1908 depot and 1890 freight depot and headquarters to the Alleghany Historical Society; also serves as a museum. Contains items about the history of the railroad and surrounding area, along with changing exhibits.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, Noon-4:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

C&O Historical Society*: 312 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge 540-862-2210 · cohs.org · Engineering drawings circa 1870s-1960s; mechanical drawings circa 1920s-1980s; general reference files, books & periodicals; photo images circa 1870-present with approx. 150,000 official photos taken by C&O, Chessie System & CSXT; Corporate Minute Books & Records of 136 companies predecessor to C&O.

Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

C&O Railway Heritage Center*: 705 Main Street, Clifton Forge 540-862-8653 · candoheritage.org · Nestled in scenic mountains at milepost 277 on C&O Railway Heritage Trail, offering a multidimensional railroad heritage experience that tells the story of the C&O Railway from its beginning in 1836 to today’s CSX. Hours: WednesdaySaturday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., March through December. Closed January and February. Admission: Adults $8; children under 12 $5; COHS members & children 2 & under, Free

Civil War Trail Markers: Four official markers indicating the Civil War historic significance of each site. Averell’s Salem Raid, Exit 16, Visitors Center at The Highland Centre (pick up a Civil War Marker brochure here); Lucy Selina Furnace and Australia Furnace, Exit 35, ½ mile west on Route 60 on right; and Jackson River Depot, Exit 24, turn right onto Selma-Low Moor Rd./Route 696, 1 mile on right at Oakland Church.

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Humpback Bridge Oakland Church and Cemetery C&O Depot

Falling Spring Falls*: From Exit 16, I-64, follow signs to stay on Rt. 220 North; falls are approximately 7 miles from the City of Covington and located directly on Rt. 220, on the left (between Covington and Hot Springs) A peaceful, scenic wayside. Thomas Jefferson described it as a “remarkable cascade...falling over a rock about 200 feet to the valley below.” One of the largest falls in Virginia, it cascades from an overhanging ledge, and is easily visible from the roadway.

Historic Masonic Theatre*: 510 Main Street, Clifton Forge historicmasonictheatre.com · A three-story, Beaux Arts brick building with pilastered facade, a cove ceiling lobby and original performance hall with stage and balcony, the historic theatre has been transformed into a performing arts, entertainment, education, and community facility. Once known as The Mason Hall and Opera House, the building was constructed in 1905. Steeped in local history, the Historic Masonic Theatre remained the oldest continuously operating theatre in the Commonwealth of Virginia until closing its doors temporarily in 1987. The Historic Masonic Theatre has been restored to its former glory. Visit their website for a current listing of events.

Humpback Bridge*:

virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/HumpbackBridge · Rt. 60 W of Covington; Exit 10, I-64, then 1 mile east on Rt. 60; or from east, Exit 16, I-64, follow signs to stay on Rt. 60W, approx. 6 miles · The only covered bridge of its type of construction now standing in the U.S. The bridge was built in 1857 and is a 100 foot long single span structure, 4 feet higher in the center than at either end, thus the name “Humpback.” There is a fiveacre wayside park at the site, complete with restroom facilities and picnic tables. The site is also used as a wedding venue and for Easter Sunrise Services (weddings must be coordinated with VDOT) Admission: Free

DOWNTOWNS OF THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS

There are many reasons why a visit to the Alleghany Highlands is a relaxing getaway – outdoor fun, scenic mountain views, and, of course, the charm of small town life. The Alleghany Highlands has not one – but two – great downtowns to enjoy. The Town of Clifton Forge and the City of Covington are classic mountain towns that feature locally-owned shops and restaurants, as well as historic sites. Less than 20 miles apart and connected by the Jackson River, each community has its own unique personality. During your visit to the Alleghany Highlands, we hope you’ll take the time to explore both charming towns.

Industrial Heritage & Technology Discovery Center: 227 North Maple Ave., Covington · 540-962-8007 · discoverycenterva.org · The Discovery Center builds on the materials-oriented industries that have had prominence in the region for the past 200 years. Highlights include a timeline wall, interactive displays, hands-on activities, people and local culture of the time and much more.

Oakland Church and Cemetery: Low Moor-Selma Road, Selma Va. (Old Rt. 60) OR From Exit 21, I-64 W, left off ramp, stay on Selma-Low Moor Rd., cemetery on left (approx. 2 mi.); Exit 21, I-64 E, right off ramp, stay on Selma-Low Moor Rd., cemetery on left (approx. 2 mi.) Caution: Narrow Underpass off Exit 21 OR From Exit 24, I-64 W, turn left off ramp then right onto Selma Low Moor Rd., cemetery will be on right; Exit 24, I-64E, turn right off ramp, then right onto Selma Low Moor Rd., cemetery on right · Built in 1847 of bricks burned in nearby ovens and brought to the site in saddlebags, the church has the original pews of 12” solid chestnut. The balcony was the area where slaves of neighboring landowners worshiped, and doors on either side admitted men and women separately. The church served as a hospital during the Civil War. The cemetery antedates the church and contains the burial spots of 12 Confederate soldiers. Admission: No admission. (Church is not open to the public, but interior is visible from outside)

Wrightsville Heritage Museum: 702 Wrightstown Rd., Covington (Exit 16, I-64) 540-962-6787 · Historical artifacts, some of them dating back to slavery. Paintings, furniture, machinery, newspaper articles, clothing, books and many more artifacts dating back to the mid to late 1800s along with more modern, contemporary works. Hours: Wednesday & Friday: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., or by appointment Admission: Free

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Falling Spring Falls C&O Railway Heritage Center

The Arts & More

The Alleghany Highlands has developed a reputation as a vibrant arts community. Artisans and visual artists are inspired by the beautiful surroundings. Their work can be seen in shops and galleries around the county. Performing arts is also thriving here, with musical and theatrical performances at various venues, including the beautifully renovated Historic Masonic Theatre.

Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center*: 439 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · From the east, Exit 27, I-64; from the west, Exit 24, I-64 540-862-4447 · highlandsartsandcraft.org · The gallery’s changing exhibits feature works produced by Highlands artists, as well as artists from other areas. The shop sells juried handmade items, such as: pottery, wooden ware, jewelry, stained glass, needlework, quilts & other fiber & graphic arts. Hours: January-April: Tues.-Sat., 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; MayDecember: Mon.-Sat., 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission: Free

Alleghany Highlands Arts Council*: 111 N. Lexington Avenue, Covington 540-962-2787 · arts4allalleghanyhighlands.com · For many years, the Arts Council has brought inspiring, live professional performing arts events to the area. The annual series includes regional and local performances, as well as a children’s series. The Performing Arts Series has been recognized as one of the most highly successful entertainment & cultural series in the state.

Appalfolks of America Association*: 1047 Ingalls St., Clifton Forge

Appalfolks has created a rich legacy by forming The Virginia Opry, which debuted in Clifton Forge on October 16, 1992, at The Historic Masonic Theatre that was operating as The Historic Stonewall Theatre at the time. On July 1, 2020, The Virginia Opry was designated as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s official Opry. Appalfolks owned and operated the theatre for 12 years before donating it to the Town of Clifton Forge in 2003. STARS (Special Theatrical Artists Revue and Showcase), a troupe of performers who have intellectual challenges and/or physical disabilities, debuted in 1996 in the theatre and continues to serve the community along with The Virginia Opry. Clifton Forge School of the Arts*: 518 Church St., Clifton Forge 540-862-7275 · cfsota.org · The community art school of the Alleghany Highlands offers a broad range of fine and applied arts to children and adults. Offering hundreds of classes and workshops annually for all ages and interests. The school also offers a historic mill that is home to the annual German Christmas Fair – Kriskindlmarkt and the MayFaire – a celebration of Spring & the Arts.

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Cora Dance Alleghany*: 510 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-5655 coradance.org · Cora Dance creates transformative dance experiences while addressing barriers that restrict individuals from accessing the art form. Cora programs foster diverse people finding common ground, allowing all involved – artists, students, audiences and community members – to authentically connect through art.

Garth Newel Music Center*: 403 Garth Newel Lane, Hot Springs 540-839-5018 · garthnewel.org · High-quality musical performances, educational programs and personal interaction among musicians and guests.

Historic Masonic Theatre & Amphitheatre*: 510 Main Street (Theatre), 513 Church Street (Ampitheatre), Clifton Forge · 540-862-5655 historicmasonictheatre.com · Constructed in 1905, the operated as an opera house and Masonic Lodge and has undergone renovations to restore it to its former glory. It features live music and theatrical performances and is home to the Virginia Opry and the Southern Gospel Review. Amphitheatre offers outdoor performances including concerts, shows, auctions, flea markets and outdoor movies; also has a community park.

Admission: Varies by performance

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Blue Ridge Vineyard: 1027 Shiloh Drive, Eagle Rock, VA 24085 540-798-7645 · blueridgevineyard.com · Come to the country, linger in the barn, watch for wildlife in the spacious pasture, marvel at the beautiful mountains of the Blue Ridge, and enjoy the fruits of the vineyard. You can traipse through the vineyard, follow the nature paths, picnic anywhere, and look for Logan (the bear).

Chimney Springs View*: 514 Mount Pleasant Dr., Covington 203-912-1976 · Outdoor photography venue

The Farm at Glen Haven*: 4301 Longdale Furnace Rd., Clifton Forge 434-962-5822 · thefarmatglenhaven.com · Steeped in over 185 years of Alleghany County history, a unique event venue located along the Cowpasture River. From weddings, to live music, our guests revel in the natural beauty of our stunning mountain views, pristine river and acres of wildflowers.

Fyvie Farms*: 111 East Country Club Lane, Covington · 540-205-9254

Nestled in the Alleghany Highlands, a few minutes off of I-64, 150 scenic acres await you. Enjoy the amenities the 80-year-old local landmark has to offer, including walk paths, wide open outside celebration spaces, intimate gardens and an indoor space that will seat 75-100.

Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery*: 402 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge 540-862-5624 · jackmasonsbrewing.com

Merry Go Round Farm*: 3730 Llama Drive, Covington · 804-339-3434

Voted Best Wedding Venue in Virginia Living Magazine. It would be hard to find a more scenic spot, with its 18th-century log cabin, a converted barn, gardens, mountain views and even peacocks roaming the landscape.

WestWinds Venue*: 4905 Indian Draft Road, Covington, VA 24426 540-969-9175 · Established in 2019, the WestWinds Venue is hoping to make dreams come true with breathtaking mountain views and locations for family and friends to get together.

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Surround your next special event with breathtaking mountain views. Weddings, reunions and other events are always welcome in the Alleghany Highlands.

Two walkable downtowns of the Alleghany Highlands – Covington and Clifton Forge – are filled with quaint shops. Enjoy some Uniquely Alleghany retail therapy at locally-owned businesses, where you’ll always find a warm welcome and friendly service.

Alleghany Floral Boutique: 218 N. Maple Ave., Covington · 540-965-0731

Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center*: 439 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4447

Alleghany Sportsman: 1023 S. Highland Ave., Covington · 540-962-2116

The Art Store*: 518 Church St., Clifton Forge · 540-968-3639

Barnwood Blessings: 352 W. Main St., Covington · 540-958-9174

Bear Mountain Signs*: 422 E. Ridgeway St, Clifton Forge · 540-620-1216

The Bee Hive Farm Stand: 536 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-968-6214

Blue Spring Run Farm*: 3901 Blue Spring Run Road, Covington 540-747-2055

The Buckhorne Country Store and Campground*: 3508 Douthat Rd., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4502

C&O Railway Heritage Center Gift Shop*: 705 Main St., Clifton Forge 540-862-8653

Cato Corp.: 317 W. Thacker Rd., Covington · 540-962-4575

Clifton Forge School of Arts*: 518 Church St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-7275

Clifton Forge Trading Post & Pawn: 804 Main St., Clifton Forge 540-865-0201

Commonwealth Arms: 840 Mallow Rd., Covington · 540-962-0007

Country Garden Florist: 501 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4143

Covington Farm & Fuel*: 121 N. Alleghany Ave., Covington · 540-962-1983

Crafty Ladies and Friends: 1712 Valley Ridge Rd., Covington 540-962-3100

Dollar General: 1264 S. Craig Ave., Covington · 540-962-0083

OR 820 Main St., Clifton Forge 540-862-1120

Dollar Tree: 321 W. Thacker, Covington · 540-962-5478

OR 613 Cary St., Clifton Forge · 540-865-5000

Driven Designs: 512B, S. Monroe Ave., Covington · 540-962-0024

Family Dollar: 1123 S. Craig Ave., Covington · 540-962-3502

OR 613 Cary St., Clifton Forge · 540-865-5000

The Flower Center*: 431 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-1979

Four Moons Design: 419 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-960-9261

Gray’s Fine Jewelry: 716 S. Monroe Ave., Covington · 540-962-2310

Honeycomb Grove: 231 N. Court Ave., Covington

Image Express*: 362 W. Main St., Covington · 540-962-3633

Jackson River Garden Center: 484 W. Riverview Drive, Covington

540-965-4004

Livy’s Closet*: 507 E. Ridgeway Street, Clifton Forge · 540-865-0373

Lollie’s Quilt Shop*: 515 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-7845

Mary Anne’s Antiques & Things: 205 W. Edgemont Dr., Covington

540-965-3344

Michael Michie’s Guns: 5704 Forty Two Rd., Clifton Forge · 540-969-9830

The Moody Carpenter: 504 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-0662

Mountain Field Market*: 525 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-863-4445

Northwest Ace Hardware*: 432 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540862-5656

Olde Town Mercantile: 383 W. Main St., Covington · 540-960-2499

Paul’s Sport Cards: 236 N. Court Ave., Covington · 540-965-4522

Sew Many Quilts: 431 W. Main St., Covington 540-962-0023

Tractor Supply: 105 Mall Rd., Covington · 540-965-6546

Walmart: 313 Thacker Ave., Covington · 540-962-6670

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Covington City Pool*: West end of Main Street, Covington 540-965-6369 (in season) or 540-965-6360 · Pool (handicapped accessible), shower and restrooms. Open June through Labor Day. Swimming lessons and pool rentals for private parties upon request.

Douthat State Park*: 14239 Douthat State Park Rd., Millboro; Take Exit 27, I-64, near Clifton Forge. 1-800-933-PARK or 540-862-8100 dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks · Cabins, campsites, picnic shelters, stocked 50acre lake, playgrounds, sandy beach, boat rentals, fishing

Falling Spring Falls*: Exit 16 I-64, follow signs 220N; located on left of220N, approximately 7 miles from Covington · One of the largest falls in VA. Cascades from an overhanging ledge and is easily visible from road. Scenic wayside.

Humpback Bridge*: Rt. 60 W of Covington; Exit 10, I-64, then 1 mile east on Rt. 60; or from east, Exit 16, I-64, follow signs to stay on Rt. 60W, approx. 6 miles · The only covered bridge of its type of construction now standing in the U.S. 5 acre wayside park with restrooms and picnic tables.

Jackson River Scenic Trail*: Exits 14 & 16, I-64, follow signs to stay on Rt. 220 N. Turn left at signs reading “Intervale” and “Dressler Drive.” Parking is immediately to your left. · Old Railroad bed that follows the Jackson River. Part of Rails to Trails Conservancy.

The Jackson River Recreation/Sport Complex & River Rock Amphitheater*: Edgemont Dr., Covington · 540-965-6360 · Playground, open turf sports (soccer, flag football, field hockey); 5 lighted tennis and basketball courts; baseball; outdoor fitness equipment; putting range; picnic shelters; restroom facilities. Amphitheater has free concerts each Saturday night in summer.

Lake Moomaw*: Take Exits 14 or 16, I-64, follow signs to Rt. 220 N. to VA 687 and follow signs to Lake; OR take Exit 10, I-64, follow signs to Lake. 540-962-2214 (James River Ranger District) · Several miles of trails where hiking and biking are permitted with some trails affording beautiful views of the lake; no horseback riding.

Thunder Alley: 104 Mall Rd., Covington · 540-962-5500 thunderalleyva.com · Bowling center with full-service snack bar & game room.

YMCA*: 101 YMCA Way, Covington 540-962-YMCA(9622) alleghanyhighlandsymca.org

Indoor pool, exercise classes, aquatics, indoor track, wellness center, and child watch

THINGS TO DO: Golf

The Alleghany Highlands is the perfect hub for a golf getaway. World-class courses, including The Omni Homestead and The Greenbrier, are a short drive away. The courses around the county offer beautiful mountain views.

Cliff View Golf Course, The Inn & The Brewhouse*: 410 Friels Dr., Covington · 540-962-2200; 18-hole public course

Cliftondale Country Club: 2707 Longdale Furnace Rd., Clifton Forge 540-862-2081; nine hole public course

The Jackson River Recreation/Sport Complex*: Edgemont Dr., Covington 540-965-6360; Driving range

The Greenbrier*: 300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986 888-326-9062 · www.greenbrier.com · Four 18-hole championship courses, The Old White, The Greenbrier , The Meadows, and The Snead

The Omni Homestead*: 7696 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, VA 24445 540-839-1766 · thehomestead.com · Two 18-hole championship courses: the Cascades Course and The Old Course

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Places to Stay

A great mountain vacation requires a good night’s sleep. Beautiful inns, unique rental properties, traditional hotels and motels, and scenic campgrounds provide accommodations for every visitor and any budget.

THE ALLEGHANY HIGHLANDS HAS A NUMBER OF SCENIC & UNIQUE LODGING OPTIONS THAT CAN BE FOUND ON AIRBNB & VRBO.

Hotels & Motels

Budget Inn Motel: 420 N. Monroe Ave., Covington · 540-962-3966

Coffee maker, fridge, microwave, cable tv

Hampton Inn*: 701 Carlyle Street, Covington · 540-962-1200

www.hilton.com · Free hot breakfast, indoor heated pool, microwave and refrigerator in every room, exercise facility, outdoor patio with fire pit; on site business center.

Highland Motel: 720 S. Highland Ave., Covington · 540-962-3901

M Star Hotel*: 908 Valley Ridge Rd., Exit 16, I-64, Covington 540-962-7600 or 1-866-HTLSCOV · mstarhotelcovington.com

Cable tv, fridge, coffee maker, grill/picnic area

Magnuson Hotel*: 820 E. Madison Ave., Exit 16, I-64, Covington 540-962-4951 · magnusonhotelmountainview.com · Cable tv, fridge, coffee maker

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Pinehurst Motel: 718 E. Madison St., Covington · 540-962-2154

Quality Inn*: 429 W. Main St., Covington · 540-960-2131

Travelodge by Wyndham*: 123 Westvaco Rd., Exit 21, I 64, Low Moor · 540-929-0977 · Adjacent to Penny’s Diner, open 24 hrs., microwave & fridge, HBO, near LewisGale Hospital Alleghany

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Beds & Breakfast / Inns

Big Lick Retreat*: 1400 Big Lick Rd., Hot Springs · 540-947-1862

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· Nestled in the mountains surrounding Lake Moomaw, the four lodges offer lake and mountain views and unparalleled outdoor amenities: hiking, biking, fishing, watersports, and wildlife – with all the comforts of home! Stoney Bottom and Lakeview Lodges are equipped with efficient heating, air conditioning and satellite TV.

Cliff View Golf Course, The Inn & The Brewhouse*: 410 Friels Dr., Covington · 540-962-2200 or 1-888-849-2200 · visitcliffview.com

Set in the Allegheny Mountains along the Jackson River; country atmosphere, with pampering, southern hospitality, 9 bedrooms with private baths; one 3-bedroom suite with whirlpool tub. 18-hole public course.

Evergreen Inn*: 1914 Dressler Drive, Covington · 540-968-1724

evergreeninncov.com · This 1900s home was renovated in 2019 with all new furnishings and offers 4 apartment style rooms. The inn is located steps from the Jackson River and Jackson River Scenic Trail, providing guests with easy access to exceptional outdoor recreation. Kayak, canoe, tube & bike rental is located right across the street at Alleghany Outdoors or, just relax on the spacious front porch and enjoy the evening sounds!

Firmstone Manor: 6209 Longdale Furnace Rd., Clifton Forge · 540-595-6500 firmstonemanor.com · Located between Clifton Forge and Lexington, VA, is your new home base for exploring the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. With our expertly managed vacation rentals, you can create your perfect mountain escape right here in the Alleghany Highlands.

Hill Crest Mansion Inn*: 1100 McCormick Blvd., Clifton Forge 540-865-0359 or 385-201-4106 · hillcrestmansioninn.com · 100-yearold historic Greek Revival home nestled in the Alleghany hills. 7 Federal style guest rooms, 6 private baths. Guests are pampered with 3 to 7 course silver service candlelight breakfast, afternoon tea time, and turn down service in the evening. Parties, weddings, special events also available.

The Red Lantern Inn*: 314 Jefferson St., Clifton Forge · 540-797-5000 theredlanterninn.com · A 100-year-old building, completely renovated; casual overnight accommodations; 7 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, & common areas: living room, full kitchen, glassed-in porch & media room.

Ridgely Bed, Breakfast, and Gardens*: 118 First St., Clifton Forge 513-926-9309 · ridgelybnb.com · 4 guest rooms; Built on the side of Fore Mountain, Ridgely and Ridgely Gardens encompass 2 acres, with dozens of varieties of flowers, plants, and trees, many of which have been here since the 1920s. Ridgley remains one of the most spectacular homes in the Alleghany Highlands, welcoming guests to relax in its comfortable setting.

Rosedale Manor Homestay*: 204 Rosedale Ave, Covington · 252-532-1050

Rosedale Manor has three private bedrooms, a shared bath, kitchenette, and a common room. The property has amazing views of the scenic Jackson River and the Downtown Historical District of Covington.

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Campgrounds

Beaverdam Falls Outdoor Recreation & Camping*: 1100 Kanawha Trail, Covington · beaverdamfalls.com · Historic, unique nature preserve providing exclusive outdoor experiences in the Alleghany Highlands, offering visits of the Falls, event hosting, cottage rental, & two exclusive glampsites through the Tentrr App.

The Buckhorne Country Store & Campground*: Exit 27, I-64, 3508 Douthat Rd., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4502 or 1-877-301-3817 buckhorne.com · Pull in shady sites, cable tv, country store with various foods & 24 flavors of Hershey’s ice cream; 800’ from Douthat State Park

Camp ACCOVAC*: 33021 Mountain Valley Rd., Millboro · 540-862-4904 or 540-997-5964 · campaccovac.com · Cabins, campsites, lodge, picnic shelters, outdoor amphitheater, conference facilities, swimming pool, bath house, hiking/biking trails, fishing pond, playground

Douthat State Park*: 14239 Douthat State Park Rd., Millboro 540-862-8100 or 1-800-933-PARK · dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/douthat Cabins, campsites, conference facilities, picnic shelters, stocked lake, boat house, sandy beach, hiking/biking trails

Morris Hill Campground*: Exits 10, 14 or 16, I-64 to Lake Moomaw & Gathright Dam, St. Rt. 605, Covington · 540-962-2214 (info only) 877-444-6777 (reservations) · fs.usda.gov · Rustic campground, showers, also primitive camping; stocked lake; water sports; bath house, sandy beaches, hiking & in season hunting

Walton’s Campground*: 4017 Nicelytown Rd., Clifton Forge · 540-210-5521 waltonscampground@aol.com · Located just minutes off exit 29 on I-64 in the beautiful, eastern end of Alleghany County. This cozy, family owned and managed area offers seven rustic tent campsites and one additional site that can accommodate a small camper not exceeding 15ft in length. Providing a great balance between primitive and comfortable, Waltons Campground offers county furnished, potable water and a non-flush toilet. We do not have a shower facility. Every campsite is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring and lantern hanger for your convenience.

Resorts

The Greenbrier*: 300 W. Main St., White Sulphur Springs, WV 304-536-1110 or 1-800-453-4858 · greenbrier.com

The Greenbrier offers championship golf, fine dining, more than 50 activities, designer boutiques, 40,000 square foot world-class spa and a 103,000 sq. ft. gaming and entertainment venue.

The Omni Homestead Resort*: 1766 Homestead Dr., Hot Springs

540-839-1766 or 1-800-838-1766 · thehomestead.com

Located north of the Alleghany Highlands, the resort offers luxuriously appointed rooms & suites, superb dining in restaurants & lounges; 3 golf courses, European-style spa, horseback & carriage rides, shooting sports, fly-fishing, canoeing, bowling, paintball, hiking/biking trails, tennis, winter sports & more.

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The dining options in the Alleghany Highlands are as diverse as our community. Locally-owned restaurants, ranging from diners to fine dining and everything in between, are sure to satisfy every appetite.

Dining

42 Deli: 423 E Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-5505

Bella Pizza Pasta & Subs: 1625 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4548

Buckhorne Country Store*: 3508 Douthat Rd., Clifton Forge 540-862-4502

Cat & Owl Steak & Seafood House*: 110 Karnes Rd., Low Moor 540-862-5808

Cliff Hanger’s Lounge*: 820 E. Madison St., Covington · 540-965-4808

Caffé Museo: 509 E Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-968-3639

Cucci’s Pizzeria*: 562 E. Madison Ave., Covington · 540-962-3964

Domino’s Pizza: 1500 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-609-5050 115 Mall Rd., Covington · 540-724-6500

Double C Café: 315 R. W. Main St., Covington · 540-962-5051

Family TreeTs Café & Catering*: 100 Old Church St., Low Moor 540-816-3819

Hot Dog House: 115 N. Maple, Covington · 540-962-4042

International Cuisine

Casa de Leones*: 348 W. Main St., Covington · 540-965-0335

China House: 335 Thacker Ave., Covington 540-965-3888

China Wok: 1620 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-7788

Miyako Sushi Bar: 1134 S. Highland Ave., Covington · 540-960-2207

Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery*: 400 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge 540-862-5624

James Burke House Eatery: 232 W. Riverside Ave., Covington 540-965-0040

Michael’s New York Style Pizza: 435 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-2360 1128 S. Highland Ave., Covington · 540-962-8500

Mountain View Restaurant: 820 E. Madison St., Covington · 540-965-4800

Penny’s Diner*: 123 Westvaco Rd., Low Moor · 540-965-0090

The Rail Bar & Grille*: 905 Valley Ridge Rd., Covington · 540-965-6484

Rollers Smokehouse*: 204 Market Ave., Iron Gate · 540-862-4227

Trani’s Grille*: 333 Thacker Ave., Covington · 540-962-5504

Twink’s Route 220 Diner*: 501 Market Street, Iron Gate · 540-862-7444

The Way Coffee Shop: 418 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4909

San-Juan Mexican Restaurant*: 1005 Valley Ridge Rd., Covington 540-962-5450

Tropical Spice: 101 S. Lexington Ave., Covington · 540-816-9885

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Fast Food

Arby’s: 1410 S. Durant Rd., Covington · 540-962-4811

Burger King: 900 Valley Ridge Rd., Covington · 540-962-0319

Dairy Queen: 309 W. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-863-3791

Hardee’s:

502 W. Ridgeway, Clifton Forge · 540-862-2621 1122 S. Alleghany Ave., Covington · 540-962-9257

Kentucky Fried Chicken*: 810 S. Craig Ave., Covington · 540-962-3344

McDonald’s: 100 Mall Rd., Covington · 540-962-5660

Love’s Travel Stop

9200 Winterberry Ave, Low Moor · 540-862-4078

Take-Out Available

42 Deli: 423 E Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-5505

Bella Pizza Pasta & Subs: 1625 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4548

Buckhorne Country Store*: 3508 Douthat Rd., Clifton Forge 540-862-4502

Caffé Museo: 509 E Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-968-3639

Casa de Leones: 348 W. Main St., Covington · 540-965-0335

China House: 335 Thacker Ave., Covington 540-965-3888

China Wok: 1620 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-7788

Cliff Hanger’s Lounge*: 820 E. Madison St., Covington · 540-965-4808

Cucci’s Pizzeria*: 562 E. Madison Ave., Covington · 540-962-3964

Domino’s Pizza: 1500 Main St., Clifton Forge · 540-609-5050

115 Mall Rd., Covington · 540-724-6500

Double C Café: 315 R. W. Main St., Covington · 540-962-5051

Family TreeTs Café & Catering*: 100 Old Church St., Low Moor 540-816-3819

Hot Dog House: 115 N. Maple, Covington · 540-962-4042

Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery*: 400 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge 540-862-5624

Breweries/Meadery

Honeycomb Grove Meadery & Apiaries*: 231 N. Court Ave., Covington

Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery*: 400 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge 540-862-5624

Subway: 1117 S. Craig Ave., Covington · 540-965-3993

584 E. Madison Ave., Covington · 540-962-0146

Love’s Travel Stop 9104 Winterberry Ave., Covington · 540-862-9044

Taco Bell: 812 E. Madison St., Covington · 540-965-6519

Wendy’s: 1310 S. Craig Ave., Covington · 540-962-6400

James Burke House Eatery: 232 W. Riverside Ave., Covington 540-965-0040

Kanawha Café: 214 W. Main St., Covington · 540-524-2686

Luca’s Pizza*: 819 S. Monroe Ave., Covington · 540-962-5822

Michael’s New York Style Pizza: 435 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-2360 1128 S. Highland Ave., Covington · 540-962-8500

Miyako Sushi Bar: 1134 S. Highland Ave., Covington · 540-960-2207

Mountain Field Market*: 525 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-863-4445

Mountain View Restaurant: 820 E. Madison St., Covington · 540-965-4800

Penny’s Diner*: 123 Westvaco Rd., Low Moor · 540-965-0090

The Rail Bar & Grille*: 905 Valley Ridge Rd., Covington · 540-965-6484

Rollers Smokehouse*: 204 Market Ave., Iron Gate · 540-862-4227

San-Juan Mexican Restaurant*: 1005 Valley Ridge Rd., Covington 540-962-5450

Trani’s Grille*: 333 Thacker Ave., Covington · 540-962-5504

Tropical Spice: 101 S. Lexington Ave., Covington · 540-816-9885

Twink’s Route 220 Diner*: 501 Market Street, Iron Gate · 540-862-7444

The Way Coffee Shop: 418 E. Ridgeway St., Clifton Forge · 540-862-4909

Whitey’s One Stop: 2710 S. Carpenter Dr., Covington · 540-962-1261

Nowhere Brewing, LLC*: 320 W. Hawthorne St., Covington

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First Day Hike: Held in January at Douthat State Park · 540-862-8100

George Washington Train Show: Held in February in Clifton Forge. Model trains on display · 540-862-2210

The Chocolate Bar: Held in February at the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, Clifton Forge. Public tasting, demos, and judging · 540-862-4447

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Held March 17 in downtown Clifton Forge · 540-862-2000 cliftonforgemainstreet.org

Easter Activities: Held in both Covington and Clifton Forge

Spring Craft Show: Held 3rd Saturday in April Clifton Middle School, Covington; arts & crafts, jewelry, & more. · alleghanymtncrafters.org

Alleghany Highlands Triathlon: Run, kayak and bike event · 540-862-2000

Covington Farmers Market: Held on Saturdays, May – October · Corner of Main & Monroe Streets, downtown · 540-862-0369

Douthat Lake Run Cruise-In & Car Show: Held in May at Douthat State Park. Classic cars, music, games & activities · 540-862-8100

MayFaire: Held in May at Clifton Forge School of the Arts · 540-862-7275 · cfsota.org

Middle Mountain Momma: Held in May. Bike event; Kenda National Cup qualifier; single day VA State Championship · 540-529-0462

Clifton Forge Farmer’s Market: Held on Fridays, June – September · Commercial St., between Main St. & Ridgeway in Clifton Forge 540-862-2000

Covington Lumberjacks Baseball: Valley League baseball in the summer months, Casey Field, Covington; free admission www.lumberjackbaseball.com

Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day and C&O Festival: Held in Clifton Forge; Celebrate the heritage of the Alleghany Highlands through song, dance, food & exhibits.

Agony in the Alleghanies Gran Fondo: Includes four courses: Piccolo, Medio, Medio Mountain & Gran Fondo · 540-962-2178 www.granfondoalleghany.com

Free Fun Fridays: Held June – August at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts

Cork & Pork Festival: Held in June, downtown Covington, Kansas City BBQ Society Competition, entertainment, food, children activities, vendors, wine tasting, beer garden

Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K: Held in June at Jackson River Scenic Trail · 540-962-2178 jacksonrivermarathon.com

Fiddlin’ by the River Bluegrass Festival: Held in June annually at the Jackson River Sports Complex

Fourth of July Celebration: Activities held in downtown Clifton Forge and Covington

Friday’s in the Park : Outdoor concerts held during the summer months in Covington

One Mile Open Water Swim at Lake Moomaw: Held in August at Lake Moomaw 540-962-2178 · lakemoomawswim.com

Street Scene: Held in August in Covington. Car show, music, activities & games, drawing 540-965-0058

Wrightsville Renewal Festival: Held in August 540-962-6787

Labor Day Weekend Activities with a parade in Covington

Chamber Classic Golf Tournament: Held in September · 540-962-2178

Adventure X-Fest: An adventure basecamp festival celebrating great live music and off-road adventures held in September at the Jackson River Sports Complex

Campsite Cook-Off: Held in September at Douthat State Park · 540-862-8100

Uniquely Alleghany! Photo Contest: Held in September · 540-962-2178

Apple Day a Celebration of Appalachian Heritage & Arts & Crafts Fair: Held in October; held at Douthat State Park, 14239 Douthat State Park Road, Millboro · 540-862-8100

Arts Community Celebration: Held in October in Clifton Forge. Includes exhibits, demonstrations, performances and presentations from around the region. Fall Foliage Festival/Fall Craft Show: Held in October in Clifton Forge. Arts & crafts, music, shows & food · 540-862-3358

Hometown Halloween: Held in October in downtown Covington and Clifton Forge

Newcomer’s Event: Held in October to welcome those new to the area 540-962-2178

Pumpkins in the Park & Mountain Magic Festival: Held in October at Jackson River Sports Complex, Covington. Pumpkin painting, hayrides & games · 540-965-6360

Chamber Wine Tasting & Dinner: Held in November. Sponsored by Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce 540-962-2178

Kriskindlmarkt: Held in November at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts in The Mill 540-862-7275 · www.cfsota.org

Alleghany Highlands Chorale Concert: Held in December · 540-962-6220

Christmas Parades: Held in December in Clifton Forge, Covington & Iron Gate

Clifton Forge Woman’s Club Holiday Home Tour: Held in December

Hometown Holidays: Held in December in Covington & Clifton Forge. Activities include a visit from Santa, contests, food

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It’s easy to get to the Alleghany Highlands.

Interstate 64 runs through the region, making it an easy drive from Washington, Baltimore, Richmond and many other mid-Atlantic cities. Once you arrive, getting around the Alleghany Highlands is hassle free. Miles of quiet country roads are great for scenic drives by car or motorcycle.

You can also choose to leave your car behind and arrive by train. Amtrak has arrivals and departures into downtown Clifton Forge three days a week. For a truly special weekend getaway, combine the beauty and hospitality of the Alleghany Highlands with the romance of rail travel. Fare and schedule information can be found at amtrak.com

The Alleghany Highlands is also easily accessible from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport and Greenbrier Valley Airport.

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